Workshops

Arts Court Theatre is run for artists, creators and audiences by the Ottawa Fringe team. And beyond a wish to see quality production after production mounted at Arts Court, the organization has a vested interest in facilitating the ongoing development of Ottawa-based performers – both emerging and established. A growing series of workshops intends to contribute space, teachers and time to that end.

Some are lead by local theatre-makers and others by visiting artists. Now and then workshops are delivered by professionals from another field. Registration is free when it can be while other times a workshop is made possible by participation fees. See below for descriptions to upcoming workshops and registration details.


Devising the Collaborative Imagination

February 12–13, 2017

Presented by Ghost River Theatre
Venue: The Courtroom
Time: Sun/Mon 10am–6pm
Cost: $100

Led by Eric Rose and offered in collaboration with the under development program, this rigorous hands-on devising theatre workshop is designed to inspire the collaborative imagination. Over the course of two days, participants will be led through a series of devising theatre exercises based on the unique artistic practices of Ghost River Theatre.

Participants will come away from the workshop with new theatrical techniques and exercises that can be utilized both for the creation and development of new performance and the teaching and facilitation of the classroom. Open to artists of all disciplines. Space is limited.

Led by Artistic Director Eric Rose, Ghost River Theatre is a devised theatre company that creates, develops and mounts original productions through a significant investment in imaginative research and development. We make our work in a rigorous, supportive collaborative-creation environment that recognizes and utilizes the unique abilities of all participants, premiering our work in Calgary and then touring it nationally and internationally. Our work embraces a hybrid of high tech visual spectacle with low-fi theatrical magic. As Jessica Goldman of CBC Radio stated “…no one is better at mounting a totally unique and exquisitely creative piece of work than Ghost River Theatre.”

Registration is now closed. If you would like to be added to the wait list, click here.


Playing With Shakespeare

February 17–19, 2017

Presented by Parry Riposte Productions
Venue: The Courtroom
Time: Fri 6–10pm, Sat/Sun 11am–5pm
Cost: $225 ($180 CAEA Members)

Perhaps you’re timid or frustrated about the idea of performing Shakespeare? Or feel like all you ever get the chance to do are monologues? Or, you love Shakespeare but have never had the opportunity to perform it? Maybe you just want to spend some time reconnecting with text and character? Well then, this is the workshop to you!

Open to beginners, intermediate, and seasoned performers alike, this workshop with veteran theatre artist Margo MacDonald will give you the chance to learn skills and play with the work of William Shakespeare. Using a single play, participants will be assigned roles and will approach the work much like in a rehearsal process. You’ll learn how to begin and how to dig deeper. You’ll learn about the text — how to speak it and how to really understand it. Focus will be on using action and character to help the text come alive. Most of all, you’ll simply have fun playing with Shakespeare.

Margo MacDonald is the co-founder and past Artistic Director of A Company of Fools, Ottawa’s beloved Shakespeare company, now in it’s 27th season. Both in and out of the Fools, Margo has been performing, creating with, teaching, and directing the works of Shakespeare throughout her career. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa theatre program, the London Academy of Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) Post-Graduate Classical Acting Program, and the Banff Theatre Centre/Citadel Theatre Professional Theatre Program. Amongst many other awards for her work, Margo is a three-time winner of the Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Performance and was recently awarded Best Actress by the Capital Critics’ Circle. She is the creative force behind Parry Riposte Productions, with whom she is currently touring her smash-hit solo show, The Elephant Girls.

Questions/Registration: parryriposteproductions@gmail.com


Marketing on a Dime

February 27, 2017
Presented by Ottawa Fringe
Venue: The Courtroom
Time: 7–9pm
Cost: Free

Join staff and artists to learn best practises and new ideas for marketing a show in the Ottawa Fringe Festival. This workshop will offer advice and answer questions about successful (and unsuccessful) Fringe Festival promo. We’ll discuss: writing a standout show description for the Festival program, effective poster designs, (mis)uses of social media, as well as on-site promo techniques.

Info/RSVP: marketing@ottawafringe.com


Ted Talks: Tech

March 13, 2017
Presented by Ottawa Fringe
Venue: The Courtroom
Time: 7–9pm
Cost: Free

We’ll review the dos and don’ts of designing a show for the Fringe. All the while providing some tips re: managing your technical rehearsal and stage managing your performances. Technical Director Ted will be on-hand to answer any and all questions you might have when it comes to the logistics of your show.

Info/RSVP: td@ottawafringe.com


Panel: DIY Publicity (Pitching Like a Pro)

May 2, 2017
Presented by Ottawa Fringe
Venue: The Courtroom
Time: 7–9pm
Cost: Free

Local media are looking for good story ideas every day. Fringe artists have good stories. But what makes a good story may not mean the same to you as it does to the press. Join staff, artists, and a panel of media pros for a discussion as to what goes into a solid pitch – and how to make one.

Info/RSVP: marketing@ottawafringe.com



PAST
WORKSHOPS

2017

January

Fringe 101
with Patrick Gauthier
presented by Ottawa Fringe

2016

May

DIY Publicity: Pitching Like a Pro
with Greggory Clark
presented by Ottawa Fringe

March

Ted Talks: Tech
with Ted Forbes
presented by Ottawa Fringe

Marketing on a Dime
with Greggory Clark
presented by Ottawa Fringe

Discover the Silent Comic in You
with Andy Massingham

February

Physical Comedy Workshop
with Martha Ross
presented by undercurrents festival

January

Fringe 101
with Patrick Gauthier
presented by Ottawa Fringe

2015

November

The Acting Animal: The Actor’s Environment
with Andy Massingham

Compelling Telling
with Chris Ralph
presented by Ottawa Storytellers

October

The Acting Animal: Begin Anywhere
with Andy Massingham

September

The Acting Animal: Taking the Leap
with Andy Massingham

Contemplative Photography
with Henry Fernando

July

Truth and Impulse: an intensive intro to the Meisner Technique
with Royce Sparks

May

16MM filmmaking for Women!
with Sarah Evans
presented by IFCO

LABAN (Level Two) Advanced Workshop
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

April

Fringe Producers’ Media & Marketing Strategy
with Greggory Clark
presented by Ottawa Fringe

March

Database Speed Dating 
presented by Creative Capital Exchange

IFCOs March Break Super 8 Filmmaking Camp 
presented by IFCO

The Intimate Story
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

Sound Design with Protools 
with Ray Gould

Tech with Ted 
with Ted Forbes
presented by Ottawa Fringe

An introduction to picture editing using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 
with Angus MacDermott

February

Treasurers’ Roundtable
with Julia D. Stewart, CPA, CA

January

Neutral Mask
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

Fringe 101 
with Patrick Gauthier
presented by Ottawa Fringe

2014

November

Laban Workshop (Level III)
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

Directing Actors
with Scot Eldridge

October

The Intimate Actor
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

August

Truth and Impulse: an intensive introduction to the Meisner Technique
with Jessica Ruano and Royce Sparks

April

Laban Workshop (Level II)
with Alix Sideris

Media & marketing strategy for Fringe Festival producers
with Greggory Clark
presented by Ottawa Fringe

March

Tech for Fringe Festival producers
with Ted Forbes
presented by Ottawa Fringe

January

Fringe 101 for theatre creators
with Patrick Gauthier
presented by Ottawa Fringe